Inter Milan v Southampton tips: Back Saints to avoid defeat against Serie A strugglers tonight
The Saints face their biggest Europa League challenge of the season when they face Inter Milan at the San Siro tonight
October 20th, 2016
Southampton didn’t enjoy the best of starts to their Premier League campaign with just two points collected from their opening four outings, however the 3-0 Europa League victory over Sparta Prague was instrumental in kick-starting their season and they have since enjoyed an unbeaten run of seven games.
Indeed Southampton will be brimming with confidence heading into tonight’s match, the side having clinched four points from their two games in the tournament so far. The same certainly cannot be said of Serie A strugglers Inter Milan who have lost their opening two Europa League games against Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Sparta Prague with five goals conceded and just one scored in those two outings.
The Italian side have lost all-but-one of their last four outings in all competitions and we believe that they are there for the taking tonight.
Southampton are 2/1 to win this match and we wouldn’t be in the slightest bit surprised to see them return home with the three points, however the more cautious may opt for Southampton/Draw at 4/7 in the double chance market, a slim price perhaps but worthy of consideration in accumulators. The hosts may be struggling at present but Southampton aren’t at their best away from home so backing the Saints to avoid defeat could be the safest option in tonight’s match.
Charlie Austin has been in fine fettle for the Saints this season with two goals scored in the 3-1 weekend win over Burnley. Indeed with seven goals to his name from his last six matches we’ll be backing him to find the net tonight with Betway going 9/4 for Austin on the anytime goalscorer market.
Inter Milan will be desperate to stop the rot and we could expect a somewhat cagey first half as the hosts look to keep things pretty tight at the back and try not to concede before the interval. A half-time goal-less draw looks good value at 15/8 with Paddy Power, given that neither side will be looking to take too many risks in a game in which both sides would be more than happy with a draw.